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Sun, Jan. 26th, 2014, 09:00 am
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 1/25/14

In “Why Mediocre Stories Matter” for The American Conservative, Gracy Olmstead wrote Few authors, writers, and journalists will admit their work is mediocre (whether fan fiction or otherwise). At root, we want to write classics. But perhaps our mediocrity will help transmit a tradition, as Wilson writes: “To live within and participate in a tradition is, again, to keep something alive and to draw things and persons together, across time, in a community of knowledge and love.” Does fan fiction accomplish this? Not always; but within its diverse and sundry works, nuggets of a valuable literary tradition can flourish and grow. I want to give Ms. Olmstead a cookie.

On E! Online, Orlando Jones advised aspiring fangirls to Show us the flair: Write fan fiction, make fan art, create any transformative works inspired by your passion/obsession.

In a New York Daily News review of I, Frankenstein, Elizabeth Weitzman wrote It seems inconceivable that anyone would pay $12, let alone venture out in 12-degree weather, to see "I, Frankenstein." But maybe there are reasons. Perhaps you're an Aaron Eckhart completist? A former English lit major with a secret yen for fan fiction based on the classics? Or maybe, and more likely, you're just exhausted at the end of a long week, and really want to turn your brain off completely for a couple of hours.

In “Sex and the Single Tween” for Newsweek, Abigail Jones wrote They write fan fiction or follow fan blogs on Tumblr.

From The Times of India: In the run-up to the [Times of India Literary Carnival], we had invited the city's GenNow to participate in short story, poetry and fan fiction contests, which saw an overwhelming response. The best of this writing has been put together in an anthology titled, "New Voices In The New Age".

In a review of the film Devil’s Knot for The Globe and Mail, Liam Lacy wrote The shocking murders and the conviction of three Goth teenagers for an alleged satanic killing have proved irresistible to the media for more than two decades. There have been four documentaries, numerous television segments, celebrity concerts, a half-dozen books (including fan fiction) and a tribute album to raise money for the accused.

In a review of the new show Looking for The Guardian, Issy Sampson wrote If you're the pervy person writing all the Being Human/Glee crossover fan fiction hidden in the depths of the internet, this is the best day of your life, because a super-handsome Russell Tovey pops up in episode three as Paddy's boss who has "a very gay laugh" and a very, very English accent.

In a piece for The Jewish Week, Rabbi Marci Bellows described Star Trek con-goer traits: They dress up as their favorite characters (also known as cos-play), buy myriad pieces of memorabilia, and create fan-fiction.

High school student Michaela Althouse contributed Confessions of a proud lover of fan fiction to Bucks County Courier Times.

University of Tennessee The Daily Beacon’s Jordan Achs wrote, in a piece about British TV, "Fandoms," or large groups of super fans, allow for the universes within the show to expand to new lengths. Many fans write fan fiction, go to places like Comic Con to do meet-ups and share theories and developments about the show.

Bernice Bautista wrote Fanfiction 101: Forget the rules for Manila Standard Today. In the same publication, Charmaine Cunanan wrote about KPop fanfiction.

In a review of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit for The Michigan Daily, Noah Cohen wrote A short roll of teenage fan fiction that somehow made it to the big screen under the cloak of Kenneth Branagh’s reputation, this 105-minute flick is a hiccup in several great throats.

In a review for Nashville Scene, Laura Hutson wrote [Grey Gardens] itself works a little like fan fiction — I found myself wondering if I would be enjoying it quite so much if I hadn't already established a loving relationship with the documentary. But that same loving relationship made me a fairly staunch critic of the play.

New Zealand Herald’s Tom Lamont spoke with the sister act Haim: "Fan fiction," Este explained. "There are chapters and chapters of it!" said Alana. "There's a whole subculture of this stuff." Much of it was about the boy band One Direction, though Haim had recently earned an ongoing serial of their own. In the last installment, things had become steamy between Alana and One Direction's Liam; now everyone anxiously awaited the results of a pregnancy test. "When we found this on Facebook," said Este, "it was like, Hanukkah."

Finally, some Sherlock refs. From The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum: “The Empty Hearse” is, finally, an affectionate episode, at once a hat-tip and an exorcism, and a coded confession of its own status as fan fiction.

The Millions’s Elizabeth Minkel wrote It’s hard these days to think of an oft-adapted character as “singular,” to use Holmes’s favorite expression. Hollywood has us drowning in a sea of remakes and retellings, a sort of empty spin on fanfiction in which screenwriters and movie producers ask a mild “What…” rather than a brain-bending “What if?!”

Drusilla Moorhouse’s review in USA Today mentioned "Johnlock" fanfic; in The Wire Esther Zuckerman wrote about Sherlock slashfic; and, for Rolling Stone, Logan Hill wrote Fans have taken to writing homoerotic slash fiction about a Watson-Holmes romance. "Sherlock Holmes has always been a sex symbol," says Moffat. "The most attractive person in the room is not always the best-looking; it's the most interesting.".

For NPR’s Monkey See, Kelly Lawler wrote While watching the premiere of the third series of Sherlock, I began to wonder if writer Mark Gatiss had, like so many of us, spent one too many nights in the bowels of the internet, reading theories and forecasts about his own show and staring at .gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch smiling slowly. Because how else could you explain "The Empty Hearse," an episode so .gif-able, so ready for fan fiction, so seemingly cribbed from the dreams of its fans?

And, from Devon Maloney in Wired: There have been few better examples of [the artifice of perceived creator-fan intimacy] than the unfortunate fan-fiction incident in London [during the premier of 03x01]: At the end of the day, fandoms are still often joke fodder. “I think it was a really good indication of where the power still lies,” says [acafan Katherine] Larsen. “If anyone is going to get hurt in the fan-producer relationship, it’s going to be the fan.” IDK. All human interactions can result in hurt feelings; show creators have their livelihoods on the line.

Sun, Jan. 26th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)

I want to give Ms. Olmstead several cookies.

I see writing like physical exercise: most of us aren't great athletes. But we all need to exercise for our health. I see writing stories as a sort of mental exercise.

That said, I have been woefully negligent in this area lately.

Mon, Jan. 27th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)

Yes, I agree about writing - and, once I started writing, it became critical.

Are any shows catching your fancy, in a fic-inspiring way? I'm still head over heels about Sleepy Hollow, but I'm at least an episode behind, from a combo of Sherlock and saving SH for when I really need it.

RE: Olmstead in general - I spent quite a bit of this weekend reading what she's been writing for The American Conservative. She's really quite good at what she does, esp. given her age (graduated from college last May); I'm wondering if anyone's actually noticed that she's about as conservative as I am? Though I suppose there may be some core conservative beliefs she ascribes to.

Mon, Jan. 27th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)

It's ironic: TV has never been better. There are many shows that I love, but none that eat my brain to the point that I need to write fanfic.

It sounds corny, but to write fanfic I need to fall in love. I need a TV boyfriend. There hasn't been anyone since Jack Bauer. I can't decide if that's good or bad!

24 is returning in May, so we shall see.

I suppose I could write some more mediocre original fiction, but that's a whole other post.

Saw the first episode of the new season of Sherlock. It's quite fantastic TV.